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Like Carrot Juice on a Cupcake

(Eleanor #3)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  337 ratings  ·  71 reviews
I did a mean thing.
A very mean thing.
I HATE that I did it.
But I did.
This is worse than
carrot juice on a cupcake
or a wasp on my pillow
or a dress that’s too tight at the neck.
In the third installment from the team who created Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie and Like Bug Juice on a Burger, Eleanor’s relationship with her best friend, Pearl, experiences its first growing pains.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published March 18th 2014 by Harry N. Abrams
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Awww, this was just too cute and adorable. A book filled with friendship, dogs, sweet drawings, and much much more. I was happy how Eleanor apologised. Plus the ending was just so adorable, awww, I wish her luck with figuring out that.
Sweet drawings!

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Carrie Gelson
Wonderful friendship dynamics here. Ideal for Gr 2 - 4 readers. Really popular with my Grade 4 girls (this series)
Like Carrot Juice on a Cupcake is another fun look at the perils of growing up and an apt reminder that while adults don't consider kid-sized worries much to worry about, kids themselves do. Eleanor's life takes a turn for the worse when her best friend, Pearl, is assigned to be the new girl's buddy and has to spend her Monday and Wednesday afternoons tutoring her, days that used to belong to Eleanor and Pearl. Things get worse when her dog has to be sent to doggie camp and she learns she gets t ...more
"We all make mistakes ... the important thing is to keep trying to make up for them, for as long as it takes."

Eleanor and Pearl are back. They continue to enjoy their Mondays and Wednesdays at Eleanor's house, doing homework, trying to train Antoine, Eleanor's dog, and baking treats, if there's time. But things are about to change. The class has just gotten a new student, Ainsley Biggs, all the way from Orlando. Mrs. Ramji decides to make Pearl Ainsley's buddy. That means, Pearl needs to help Ai
Jul 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Best of the three books. In this installment, Eleanor's life is falling apart- there is a "sparkly" new girl in her class that has taken a liking to her best friend, her best friend can't spend Monday and Wednesdays after school with her anymore, and she is volunteered to audition for a play- even though she has stage fright. When she blurts out a secret that she wasn't even supposed to know, she learns that you have to work hard to set things right with friends and that you can face your fears ...more
Laura Weakland
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Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was so pleasantly surprised by this little book! It would make a great read aloud (gr 3-5). I simply adored the style of printing the text down the page with just a few words on each line. Eleanor's struggles are so relatable to what kids go through without entering "Dork Diaries" territory and I love how her parents' relationship with her is portrayed. WONDERFUL BOOK.
Alice Greene
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Alice: 5 stars. It was good.
Jenny: 5 stars. This is our second book by this author and she does a great job putting together an interesting story. I particularly liked the aspect of what to do when you've hurt a friend, and how you can restore friendship.
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great series for independent chapter book readers.
Jennifer Campbell
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love Love Love this book! I brought back so many memories from my childhood! I recommend this book to anyone who had a new student or who might be a new student. Great read!
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Its hard for Eleanor when her best friend Pearl goes off with the new girl Ainsley and she has to sing solo in the school play
Amy Varchetti
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: elementary
Kids will totally relate to Eleanor as she tries to navigate her 4th grade friendships, new and old, and discovers a little about what it means to be a good friend.
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great book for younger girls learning to deal with jealousy in friendships. The book is very easy to empathize with and many girls will find it relatable.
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Much more relatable for me than the first 2.
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Such a fun series! See for details.
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love this book series. Great book to read aloud and make the recipe in the book.
Emily Simpson
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very good book to read after reading some of the other books before it.
Barb Middleton
Apr 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: friendship, realistic
This reads like an intermediate chapter book, although it is designed like a novel-in-verse. I admire authors that take risks and try different techniques, but this doesn't quite work. Writing an intermediate chapter book is extremely difficult. The vocabulary is for readers that are working toward fluency and the vocabulary and sentence structure tends to be simpler than middle grade novels. I can see how this format might lend itself to the target audience, but most of the text reads more like ...more
Michele Knott
This is the third book in the series, and probably my favorite. I love Eleanor. She is spunky, yet kind. She speaks her mind, but thinks of others. Sternberg has done an excellent job making Eleanor real. She deals with real problems that kids face everyday. Matthew Cordell's illustrations add to the story without being distracting for young chapter book readers.
This third installment made me love Eleanor more. Eleanor's best friend is Pearl. We've seen her in the other 2 books and know they ha
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Dec 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
From the same publisher that brought us Diary of a wimpy kid comes a book by Julie Sternber.
like Carrot Juice On A Cupcake is Julie’s third book about eleanor. This time Eleanor says something that isn’t very nice and she quickly learns the consequences of doing so.
What I really liked was that the scene where Eleanor actually SAYS the naughty thing, isn’t at the beginning. A whole storyline is laid out very carefully about her friend, and a new girl that comes into her classroom. As well there
Nov 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Eleanor is best friends with Pearl and gets to spend several afternoons with her each week. That all changes when Pearl is assigned to be the buddy of new girl Ainsley. Now Pearl and Ainsley are spending all their time together and Eleanor is feeling left out. She has also been given the lead in the school play where she has to sing and she has to hug Nicholas, a boy she may or may not like. Eleanor his having a hard time dealing with all of this and makes a big mistake. She tells a secret she i ...more
Ann Haefele
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love this series about Eleanor and her ups and downs in school...she is a 4th grader in this 3rd book. The author captures the events that seem insurmountable as a fourth grader and make the reader empathize completely with Eleanor. Any 4th grader will relate to Eleanor being sorry about telling a secret, being totally embarrassed by a classmate making fun of her in front of the class for a possible crush, for her developing a terrible case of stage fright, and for Eleanor missing her dog so m ...more
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This book has multiple levels going on at the same time. There is the story of Eleanor and Pearl’s friendship and their first speed bump. Then there is Eleanor getting the lead in the play, and dealing with the fear of singing a solo. Eleanor dealing with her puppy having trouble getting house trained. And finally, the Eleanor and Nicholas story. But Sternberg balances it all because it is just all part of Eleanor’s life. Julie Sternberg is
Sep 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-books
This is a great book for students that are beginning to read chapter books. It is the 3rd book Julie Sternberg wrote about Eleanor and her friend Pearl. In this book, Eleanor gets very upset when Pearl is assigned to be a "buddy" to the new girl in school, Ainsley. Pearl usually goes over to Eleanor's house every Monday and Wednesday because her parents are at work, but now she has to tutor Ainsley so she doesn't see Eleanor anymore after school. She also hates that Pearl volunteered Eleanor for ...more
Brooke Galovan
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing as are all of the Eleanor Books are! Pearl and Eleanor have a fight! A new girl moves to town from Orlando, her name is Aninsey and she needs to catch up on school work and pearl has been named her volunteer. Pearl helps her on Mondays and Wednesday's. That is when Eleanor and Pearl hang out together. The new girl has a crush on a boy named Adam ! Pearl nows and tells Eleanor. Eleanor tells the secret out loud cause she thinks Pearl likes the new girl better. Pearl and the ...more
When a new girl arrives in her class, Eleanor becomes certain that she is losing her best friend Pearl to Ainsley. Her anxiety is heightened when Pearl can no longer come over for weekly visits, and when she is chosen for the lead in the class musical. Eleanor becomes increasingly desperate and reveals one of Ainsley's secrets, told to her by Pearl. The author does a good job of describing the guilt that Eleanor feels and how hard it is to make up for a mean word or deed after it has been done. ...more
Oct 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Eleanor and Pearl have been best friends forever, but when a new girl transfers into their school, their friendship is put to the test. Combine this with Eleanor's new puppy being sent away to obedience school, and her lead role in the 4th grade play, and life is very stressful indeed. While there are many books about these types of issues, this book is particularly well done. Eleanor's voice rings true, and her concerns will be shared with elementary school girls everywhere. This is the third b ...more
Jun 20, 2016 rated it liked it
The final book in this series, Like Carrot Juice on a Cupcake might be my favorite. Eleanor is now in fourth grade, a new girl has moved to town (and possibly come between Eleanor and her best friend) and Eleanor, despite horrible stage fright, is somehow the lead in the fourth grade production.

Maybe it’s because I read this book shortly before Easter and the book includes singing bunnies, but I found Eleanor less annoying (although she’s still totally spoiled) and the lessons less preachy. In L
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""It was the best of carrots, it was the worst of carrots." Eleanor is cast in the lead of the fourth-grade musical, A Tale of Two Bunnies, and has to overcome her stage fright. She tries to hide her crush on a boy who plays the lead opposite her. Her relationship with her best friend Pearl is not going so well, and then the new girl, Ainsley, steps in. So Eleanor does a very mean thing—even worse than carrot juice on a cupcake, or pickles. And now she has to figure out how to fix it. She will e ...more
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Love the continuous adventures of Eleanor! This one gets the bonus star for two reasons: first, the kids are in a play...I mean, come on! What's cuter than elementary school kids in a play!? Second, the parents make a reference to 'Say Anything' and Lloyd Dobbler holding the boom box over his head! Of course, Eleanor says, "what's a boombox?" but that's to be expected, right? So...points for making this book entertaining for the adults reading as well!
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